Rancho Valencia: Where Tranquility Meets Luxury

Sharael Kolberg
6 min readJan 27, 2024

Rancho Valencia, in North San Diego County, California, exudes an air of tranquility and luxury that sets it apart as a premier destination for those seeking an indulgent escape. With private casita accommodations, fine dining experience, a peaceful indoor/outdoor spa, pickleball courts and exquisite service, it has all you need for a memorable couple’s, girlfriends’ or family getaway.

Luxury Casitas at Rancho Valencia

The accommodations at Rancho Valencia are nothing short of extraordinary, offering guests a harmonious blend of Spanish-inspired architecture and modern comforts. Step into a world of refined elegance as you enter your spacious suite adorned with bespoke furnishings and attention to detail — from the plush linens to the carefully curated artwork. Each casita, with its private entrance and patio, provides an intimate and secluded haven for visitors. Patios feature a dining area, outdoor fireplace, chaise lounges and a private plunge pool.

The casitas are designed to create a sense of serenity, allowing guests to unwind in style. With attentive staff ensuring every need is met, the accommodations at Rancho Valencia redefine the essence of luxury living. Guests can also choose to stay at the new Casa Valencia or The Spa House — spacious hacienda-style homes for those wanting more room and additional privacy.

Dining Delights at Rancho Valencia

The dining experience at Rancho Valencia is a culinary journey that captivates the senses. The Pony Room offers a coastal ranch ambiance and a farm-to-table concept, featuring locally sourced ingredients that shine in every dish. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items include things such as Short Rib Benedict, Tropical Acai Bowl, Lemon Souffle Pancakes, and Bone-In Ribeye and Eggs to start your day. Choose from Blistered Padron Peppers, Local Stone Fruit Salad, Miso-Crusted Sea Bass, Tandoori Spiced Lamb Lollipops, and Squash Blossom Quesadilla to end your day.

Guests can actually visit the on-property farm where ingredients are sourced for the restaurant’s cuisine. You’ll find a flock of chicken and several garden boxes being tended to by the resort’s farmer. Dine on the outdoor terrace for views of the lush landscape. The adjacent bar offers live music in a vibrant atmosphere with delicious craft cocktails. If that’s not enough, fresh squeezed Valencia orange juice is delivered to your room every morning.

The Spa at Rancho Valencia: A Haven for Relaxation and Fitness

The Spa at Rancho Valencia is a sanctuary of rejuvenation and tranquility. Surrounded by lush gardens and serene landscapes, the five-star spa offers a range of holistic treatments that pamper the body and soothe the soul. Guests can indulge in personalized massages, facials, and wellness therapies, all administered by skilled therapists committed to providing a blissful experience. Choose from treatments such as the Lift & Tone facial, Marine Mineral Wrap body treatment, or Thermastone massage. The spa also offers additional services, including non-invasive body sculpting with Emsculpt NEO, vitamin injections and IV hydration therapy.

The spa’s commitment to holistic well-being extends beyond treatments, with yoga and fitness classes offered in idyllic outdoor settings. Whether seeking relaxation or revitalization, the Spa at Rancho Valencia delivers an unparalleled wellness experience. Don’t miss out on the hydrotherapy circuit with hot Jacuzzis, a cold plunge, steam room and sauna. Pickleball enthusiasts will be pleased to hear there are four pickleball (and clay tennis) courts, with pros waiting to help you up your game. If you’d like to explore the property, take a walk on the nature trail that leads to a hidden waterfall.

Activities On and Off the Resort

There are no shortage of ways to spend time at Rancho Valencia. From fitness classes and spa treatments to hiking and just relaxing. The resort recently opened a new resort pool called The Paddock, which features floaty pool toys, a game cabana, new deluxe cabanas, a new bar, and free popcorn and ice cream.While Rancho Valencia offers an oasis of luxury, the surrounding area beckons with enticing activities. Guests can explore the charming village of Rancho Santa Fe, known for its upscale boutiques and art galleries. For outdoor enthusiasts, nearby hiking trails (such as Annie’s Canyon Trail) provide an opportunity to immerse in the natural beauty of Southern California.

Golfers can tee off at renowned nearby courses, while those with a penchant for equestrian pursuits can partake in horseback riding adventures. Other activities include hot air ballooning, going to the horse races in Del Mar, sailing on San Diego Bay, exploring the nearby beaches, such at Cardiff State Beach or Solana Beach.

The resort’s concierge is dedicated to curating personalized experiences, ensuring that guests make the most of their time exploring the diverse offerings of the region.

Sustainability Initiatives

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is committed to protecting the environment and has implemented the following sustainable practices:

  • No plastic water bottles; refillable glass bottle instead
  • Refillable bath amenities
  • Reusable laundry bag
  • Digital magazines and newspapers
  • Energy-saving fixtures
  • Locally sourced products in mini-bar
  • On-property garden with vermicomposting
  • Biodegradable slippers
  • Organic spa products
  • Food sourced from local farmers
  • Bee hives on property
  • Supports the following local non-profits: ProduceGood, Recycleballs, Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Contact Information
5921 Valencia Circle
Rancho Santa Fe, California
(858) 756–1123

Disclosure: Accommodation was provided by the resort in order to do my review, but all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

Photography by Sharael Kolberg

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